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Negotiating contested visions and place-specific expectations of the hydrogen economy

Eames, Malcolm, Mcdowall, William, Hodson, Mike and Marvin, Simon 2006. Negotiating contested visions and place-specific expectations of the hydrogen economy. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 18 (3-4) , pp. 361-374. 10.1080/09537320600777127

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Abstract

This paper explores the role of the ‘hydrogen economy’ as a guiding vision encompassing multiple contested technological futures, value judgements and problem framings. Hydrogen visions draw upon six overarching and competing narrative themes: power and independence; community empowerment and democratisation; ecotopia; hydrogen as technical fix; inevitability and technical progress; and ‘staying in the race’. In other words the hydrogen economy possesses great interpretive flexibility. This, it is argued, is the key to hydrogen's rhetorical power, allowing it to become a space in which divergent interests and agendas are promoted. Turning to issues of scale and place, the case of London is used to document the dynamics of expectations: how the open flexible guiding vision of a hydrogen economy must inevitably be re-invented and grounded in local agendas and contexts if its promise is to become realised.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0953-7325
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 02:10
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/14591

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